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was more excuse, since It was razed to the ground by Aurangzeli and not a
vesil^e of ;: now remains ; &oagli the rough rubble wall of the choir stows
w!h>frre it Lad been attached*
lie=e two parts of tie building, the saerariaza and the chtxr^ were cer-
tainly completed, towers and all. Tkey alone were indispensably necessary
for iitorgical purposes and were therefore the first taken in imndf in the same
way as in mediaeval times the corresponding parts of a cathedral wer© often ia
use for many years before the naYe was added.
In clearing the basement, comparatively few fragments of carved stone
were discovered imbedded ia the soil Them are some built up into &6 ad-
joining Iioases7 bat chiefly corbels and siiafej which wei^ dearly taken, from
the lower stories of the temple. So fragments of the upper stages of ike towers
have been brought to light; from which facfc alone it might reasonably be con- •
jectared tiiat they were nerer finished. TMs was certainly the case with the
two side chapels ; and the large blocks lying on the top of their watts, ready to
Le placed ia position, are just as tiiey were left by the original builders, when
the -work for some unexplained reason was suddenly interrupted* Probably^
as ia so many otkar simikr cases? It was the death of the founder wMch brought
everything to a stand-still. The tower O¥er the central dome was also, as 1
conjecture^ never carried higher than we now see it; but ihe open arcade%
which crowned the facade, though not a fragment of them now remains, were
probably put mp? as ihe stones of the parapet stall show the Jests of the pillars,
The magniicent effect which ftey woald have had may be gaUiered from a
view of the temple la the Qwaliar fort; which, though some 800 years earlier
la date, is in general arrangement the nearest parallel to th® Brindarban fane,
and would seem to have suppled         Sinh witfe a model* It lias be^u snth»
jected to the most barbarous treatment,        kas at last attracted the attention
of Government, aad Is now          restored under the superintendence of Major
Keith, an officer of unbounded                        enthusiasm.   Zhere is no more
interesting specimen of arcMtectnra to be found in all India*
A modern temple, under the old dedication, lias been erected mthin the pre-
ana absorbs the whole of &e eadowment   The ordinairf annual income
amojints to "Bs, 17,500; but fey far ike greater part of this, mz.y Bs. lUjfKX^ is
up by votive offerings.   Hm fixed           Inclades one village in Alwar
in Jajpmr^ btti             principally of krase property In fee town
cf Brinda-han, where is also a                                            JAgh.   His nms
Been greatly diminished ia        by a                 of encrcmciaaeiitB; and atemple^
dedicated to Baa Bihari, ima now                 in it, at a cost of Bs. 15,000> bj